Sure moms across the nation roam suburban streets in minivans and SUVs, picking up their kids from school and chauffeuring them to various activities and events. But I’m a soccer mom too dangit. Just because I drive a 4-door sedan, doesn’t mean I can’t have that title. Stereotype me! I deserve [ ... ]
There’s a reason “Follow the Honey,” in Cambridge, Massachusetts is not just a simple honey store. For founder and owner, anning, traveling the world on her personal journey led her to open a shop filled with honey stories to tell, and products with a conscience.
In Search of Healing an [ ... ]
Must we trade brunch dates and Bloody Mary’s for barely edible pancakes and sippy cups once we have kids? Hardly. Chicago restaurateurs, many of whom now claim the title of parents themselves, know how to host a good brunch which welcomes us and our progeny. Unlike some downtown areas which only [ ... ]
For those living in the middle of Missouri, there are only a few options for hitting the "big city" -- St. Louis, Mo., or Memphis, Tenn. Last spring, my gal pal Jessie and I chose to visit Memphis for the first time.
Our trip to Memphis might be one of the most unorganized trips I've ever take [ ... ]
I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned candy shop. I just love the candy-filled bins, the drugstore-feel complete with a bar and soda jerk…it makes everyone feel like a kid. With unique treats like Elvis Bark and chocolate-covered bacon, the Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, Texas is a fun treat for any [ ... ]
When planning out your summer road trip don't overlook Devil's Tower, Wyoming. It is one of my favorite side trips and possibly one of the most overlooked National Parks.
The first time I drove through Wyoming was in the summer of 1981 on a road trip with my my Mom. Somehow, in a pre-Internet [ ... ]
Vegetarian travel gets easier in the summer, when farmers markets and their bounteous produce draw tourists and local chefs. Summer is also know for outdoor eating, and New York City has one of the best (I’m slightly biased) eating extravagnzas, orgasburg. Actually, make that two. Smorgasburg ha [ ... ]
My kids love to stay in the water till they prune and when they were younger, we took a lot of cheap family vacations to area water parks. We could go overnight to Sesame Place, about 2 hours from New York City (and only an hour from Philadelphia) and take advantage of a ticketing policy that let you go for free in the late afternoon the day before you had a ticket. So essentially we got a second day free.And hotels in the immediate area always had great deals so our room cost next to nothing. It was not the Ritz Carlton, but the kids didn’t really know the difference, and we didn’t need to spend on amenities we wouldn’t have time to use.
But one problem with water parks in the New York City is the vagaries of weather. We spent many visits there shivering, wrapped in towels, away from the water features.
Then friends told us about going to Florida in summer. We always assumed Florida was too hot and for a family holiday during the summer school break yes, it is hot and humid in July and August. But it is also considerably less crowded than during winter and spring breaks, and considerably cheaper.
We know plenty of people who drive to Florida from New York, but since none of my kids would even make it out of Brooklyn without puking, we never considered that.
But flights to Florida from New York are inexpensive in the summer. And my kids love staying at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, in Orlando, where every room is a 2 bedroom suite and you can cook a little to save money.
From a kid’s perspective, the best thing is the water playground and you can save on a theme park admission by spending an entire day here. There are two water parks, with climbing structures, slides, fountains and zero-entry for toddlers or water phobic moms.
Then there is Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark, which has wet thrill rides, a wave pool and a lazy river. Just don’t do what we did once – we forgot our bathing suits. We spent over $200 at the park for our family of 5.